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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 8.00pm: police say anis amri, the chief suspect in the berlin market truck attack, left finger prints on the vehicle. today the christmas market, scene of so much carnage on monday, has reopened. chancellor angela merkel commended the public for their response to the attack. i must say that i have been very proud of the calmness and composure shown by people and also of course by the officers that have been at work here. two men have been found guilty of manslaughter, after a tipper truck crashed in bath last year, killing four people including a young girl. up to 80 inmates have reportedly taken control of a wing at a category b training prison, on the isle of sheppey in kent. america's president—elect donald trump, is calling for the us to "greatly strengthen and expand" its nuclear arsenal. also this hour, the syrian
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government has declared victory in aleppo after the last rebel fighters and civilians leave the eastern part of the city. meanwhile, we speak to a seven—year—old girl who has moved many on social media — with her description of life under siege in aleppo. and it has been such an intensely in british politics it is enough to make you want to escape to a log cabin with no mobile phone a. i am adam fleming and viral review it all in halfan adam fleming and viral review it all in half an hour. adam fleming and viral review it all in halfan hour. —— i adam fleming and viral review it all in half an hour. —— i will review it all. good evening and welcome to bbc news. german police say they now believe it's likely their main suspect — anis amri — did drive the lorry that
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ploughed through a christmas market on monday killing 12 people and injuring 49. his fingerprints have been found in the cab. police raids are taking place across germany, while its borders with belgium and the netherlands have been tightened. today angela merkel said germany had known for a long time that it was a target for islamist terrorists. she said she was hopeful that an arrest would soon be made. damien grammaticas has this report. this is anis amri, the man european police are hunting, filming himself humming nonchalantly in berlin, video posted to his facebook page in september. now the 24—year—old tunisian is europe's most wanted man. police are now sure that he was the driver of the lorry that ploughed through the christmas market, his fingerprints been found on the steering wheel and the door. angela merkel today thanked germans for their measured
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reaction to the attack. translation: our thoughts are constantly with the relatives of the victims and the injured. we owe it to them to give this our very best. i can say that we've done a lot in recent years to meet the challenge of terrorism. police raids in germany earlier today targeted known contacts of anis amri, turning up nothing. his family in tunisia last saw him five years ago. they say that he was not religious, he drank alcohol and dreamt of owning a car and starting a business. translation: if my brother is listening, i want to tell him to surrender for the sake of ourfamily. we will be relieved. if he did what he is suspected of having done he will be sanctioned and it will be a dishonour for us. i am sure my brother is innocent. anis amri left his family and travelled illegally to italy in 2011. he spent four years in jail for violence and theft, but without a passport could not be deported,
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so last year he moved to kleve in germany, he was not deported, it was feared he was trying to get weapons for an attack but with no new evidence surveillance of him was halted in september. there are serious questions, should the authorities have taken the threat posed by anis amri more seriously? for most germans, as the markets reopen with the new security barriers, criticisms of the police are less important than how they respond. so getting the market back up and running today was symbolic for berlin. we have to respond to the terrorism. that we don't care, we are going to open, we are not scared because it's exactly what they want. the crowds were thinner than usual, but wanted to show that they would not be cowed. i've come to show we must not hide, says rosemary. iam sad,
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i was here on monday, luckily i left before it happened. i feel anger and sadness, more anger, says anneka. i did not know any of the victims but it makes me really angry. not so much fear as defiance. the people of berlin determined to show they will not give up the things they value and enjoy. our news correspondent bethany bell has been bringing us up—to—date with the latest. the authorities have not been saying that much. they say they have discovered his fingerprints in the cab of the lorry as well as this identity documents, and they have put out a warrant for his arrest. that is a european wide arrest warrant as well. their tendency has been to be extremely cautious. we are waiting to see, we heard from angela merkel the german chancellor here today, saying she hoped an arrest would be made here soon, and i think that is a feeling that most
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germans share, not least the security forces who are under growing pressure. meanwhile, the christmas market where the attack happened here in berlin where i am now has reopened. the lights are back on. the music is not on. usually, you would havejolly christmas music. that has been switched off in tribute to the people who died here. people have been lighting candles and laying flowers but they have also been drinking mulled wine and eating sausages and saying life goes on as normal. is there a sense of incredulity that this man, the chief suspect, had been under surveillance for several months by the german authorities, and yet they decided not to continue their covert operation watching him just in september? to put this into context,
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there are a lot of people whom the authorities are watching, and in order to have, they say, we have heard from different security experts saying that in order to have 24—hour surveillance, it is incredibly time—consuming and needs a lot of people on the ground watching. the questions that are being asked here in germany at the moment is is it incompetence that they have not found anybody yet, or is it simply the fact that the security services are overstretched, given the challenges they face? and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:45 and 11.30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are journalist and broadcaster rachel shabi and deputy political editor at the telegraph ben riley smith. the owner of a haulage company and his mechanic have been found guilty of the manslaughter of four people, who died when a tipper lorry ploughed into them in bath. the court heard that the vehicle had
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been poorly maintained — on the day of the crash its brakes failed. the driver, philip potter, who had onlyjust started working for the firm, was cleared of the charges he faced — including causing death by dangerous driving. three men and a four—year—old girl died in the crash in february last year. jon kay has this report. police said it was "carnage", a 32—tonne truck, with defective brakes, had careered down a steep hill towards a city centre. four—year—old mitzi steady didn't stand a chance, hit while she was crossing the road with her grandma. then the truck crushed this car, killing the men inside. robert parker and philip allen were heading back to south wales from a business trip. their driver, stephen vaughan, was 3a years old and newly married. it's just been a horrendous time, i wouldn't wish it on anybody. sian vaughan told me that being widowed, so soon after her wedding day, had left her heartbroken.
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the future that we had together has just all been taken away. we were only married for six months and especially having to spend your first wedding anniversary alone was just so far removed from the one that we had planned. it's just been absolutely horrendous. today, the boss of grittenham haulage, matthew gordon, and mechanic, peter wood, were both found guilty of manslaughter. the trial heard the company was a shambles, failing to carry out proper safety checks. the jury was told that as the tipper truck came down the hill that afternoon, its brakes were badly worn, rusty and in a poor state of repair. matthew gordon had no transport manager and effectively flouted every regulation laid down to ensure safety. peter wood signed off vehicles as safe when clearly they were not. many of the faults at the time of this crash were longstanding. phillip potter, who was at the wheel of the tipper truck was found not guilty of causing death by careless
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or dangerous driving. they're constantly in my thoughts. he left court sending his sympathy to the bereaved families. he told the jury he hadn't realised the truck was in such a poor state. this one is for mitzi because when it is blooming, it comes out pink. before the trial, he told bbc news he'd planted trees on the family farm in memory of the victims. it's like you press replay in your head every night and you close your eyes and you just see it and you think — there was nothing else i could have done that day to have prevented it. just thinking of the four people all the time, just thinking how horrible it must be for the families. just how hard it would be to lose someone that you love so much. phillip potter told the trial that as he sat here that afternoon, trying to take in what had just happened, his boss, matthew gordon, came over to him, grabbed him and said, "don't tell the police about the brake warning light." this was all very much preventable.
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they've denied us of a family. sian vaughan says she's been horrified to hear in court about the state of the truck, especially as her chauffeur husband took safety so seriously. a word he would have used to describe them would have been "cowboys" because there's no way that steve would ever have put anybody‘s life in danger, let alone his own. the families hope matthew gordon's conviction will send a clear message to the owners of all haulage companies. he and peter wood were remanded in custody to be sentenced in the new year. around 70 to 80 prisoners have taken
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control of the prison at swaleside in kent. fires have been lit. the category b prison houses prisoners on life sentences. last week, hundreds of inmates rioted for 12 hours at birmingham prison and in november there were disturbances at bedford and lewis jails. mike rolfe who is chairman of the prison officers association gave me more details on what has been happening. it is an ongoing incident as we alluded to. we believe around 60 inmates have been involved in a disturbance at hmp swaleside tonight. beyond that there are not many details, unfortunately. when you say a disturbance, have fires been lit? have they taken the keys of any of the guards? any more details you can give us? the information we have suggests there is nothing on the scale of the hmp
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birmingham incident the other day so it does sound as if this is a smaller scale incident that these details are kind of sketchy at the moment. i don't believe this incident has been going on for too long. this is a category b training prison and her majesty's inspectorate of prisons injuly described the prison as dangerous and found levels of violence far too high with many serious incidents? swaleside is a particularly difficult place to work at this time. it has suffered from an acute shortage of staff, people not being attracted to the role because of poor pay and pension. it is a tough place to work. prisoners there are infor place to work. prisoners there are in for long periods of time. they are big, powerful guys. there is a lot of violence and a lot of drugs in the prison at this time. it is a particularly tough place to work and
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if you are short of staff then it makes it even harder. you are in contact with your staff on the ground? yes, and we want to support them as much as we can and hope there is a speedy resolution to this latest incident. but at the moment all you can say is that there is an ongoing disturbance? there are around 60 prisoners on one wing of the establishment. details will emerge as the night goes on, i'm sure. our news correspondent helena lee is with me. what is the latest? we have had a brief statement from the prison service. all they say at the moment is that prison officers are working to contain an incident at hmp swaleside which is isolated to one wing. we knew that already do thatis one wing. we knew that already do that is official confirmation from the prison service themselves. just
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to recapture what we know at the moment so far. it is an ongoing incident at the moment. 70 to 80 prisoners involved on a wing. it is not like the birmingham prison riots we saw last week which saw 600 inmates. we have 70 to 80 prisoners involved in this. some reports are suggesting that some fires have been lit as well and just a bit about the prison. i think you mentioned it is a category b training prison. they accept prisoners and was serving four years or accept prisoners and was serving four years oi’ more, accept prisoners and was serving four years or more, and it is a main centre prison as well for prisoners in the first stage of their life sentence. it has had trouble in the past, this prison, and it is an ongoing incident at the moment. they are ongoing incident at the moment. they a re clearly ongoing incident at the moment. they are clearly trying to contain it. they are trying to get to the bottom of it and get these prisoners to go back to their cells at the moment. helena lee, thank you.
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the fingerprints of the tunisian national anis amri have been found on the door of the lorry used in the attack in berlin. two men have been found guilty of causing the tipper truck crash in bath which killed four people including a young girl. there is a disturbance in a prison on the isle of sheppey in kent. prison officers say the disturbances confined to one wing. now let's go to the sports news and olly foster has all the details from the bbc sports centre. evening, ollie. good evening, clive. crystal palace have sacked their manager alan pardew. the chairman steve parish said the club had "got themselves in a rut and needed a change". they are just above the relegation
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zone and have the worst record of all 92 league clubs in 2016. here's our reporter david ornstein. one win in". one win in 11. there was a run of six straight defeats. they are one point and one place above the relegation zone in 17th. this time last year, relegation zone in 17th. this time last yea r, crystal relegation zone in 17th. this time last year, crystal palace were six in the premier league. it has been a sorry story. you remember how strong their defence was under tony pulis a couple of years ago. it has gone the opposite way. they also feel they have been incredibly unlucky with refereeing decisions and the spirit is still high, so whoever comes in as manager will keep that spirit but will improve the results. the favourite to replace him is sam allardyce. sacked by england in september after one match for making ill—advised comments to undercover reporters who were investigating corruption in the game. he helped keep sunderland up last season. some good news for spurs fans.
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the captain hugo lloris has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2022. he's the latest of their first team stars to commit long term to the club. he said, "it shows again how much i believe in this project and hopefully the best year is ahead." harry kane, delle alli and christian eriksen have all signed new deals recently. the england rugby league team have cancelled their pre—season trip to dubai next month. a number of club coaches had expressed concerns about the timing of the two week camp. the trip, with 17 super league players set to be invited, was seen as an important part of wayne bennett's preparations for next year's rugby league world cup. alastair cook has been named captain of the international cricket council's test team of the year, that's despite england winning just one of their last 8 tests. cook is considering his future
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as skipper after their 4—0 series defeat in india. england have four representatives in the team — more than any other nation — withjoe root, jonny bairstow and ben stokes also included. london welsh have been granted a temporary licence to play their next two championship games in rugby union. they have been deducted 20 league points, after going into voluntary liquidation. they're now trading as a new company. the exiles have lost half their players with those remaining operating on a semi—professional basis. they are confident the squad is big enough to fulfil their fixture against london scottish on christmas eve, and away at yorkshire carnegie on new year's day. the former london welsh player and one of the great wales captainsjohn gwilliam has died at the age of 93. he led his country to two triple crowns in the 50's. he was also in the last wales side to beat new zealand in 1953. grand national winning jockey
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john buckingham has died. he was 76. he was best known for riding the 100—1 outsider foinavon to victory at aintree in 1967. his was the only horse to escape a mass fall at the 23rd flight because he was trailing so far behind at the time and that fence still bears the winning horse's name. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. thank you. doctors have been trialling a new drug to help people suffering from ms. 100,000 people in the uk are
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affected and it is hoped the drug will offer hope to patients. with me is dr waqar rashid — a consultant neurologist and honorary clinical senior lecturer at brighton and sussex university hospitals. it is good to see you, thank you for coming in. it sounds like an amazing drug. how does it work? added drug works in quite a novel way. it targets the b cells which were not thought to be involved in ms. this is really quite exciting that this drug has shown the effectiveness in multiple sclerosis in this way. and the efficacy is already being seen in the trials you are doing? that is right. in two groups of people with ms, relaxed and remitting but also in the primary progressive group and they were originally thought to be a group of people for whom no medications had shown any respect.
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how many have been affected in the trial? it involves 2000 people. it is comprehensive? absolutely. these are studies which have been rigorously tested and analysed and done and they showed the rigorous studies. how long is the testing period. up to three years. in terms of ms that is still a snapshot but they have shown sufficient promise in that time to warrant applying for a licence to use on people outside the trial. so there is a real sense that this is to use that old phrase, a game changer? it is important to note that this is not a cure but for
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this group of people who have had no medication available to them to slow down the condition for them, this offers some hope. maybe not for everybody but for a new group of people who have not had options for their ms before. it is a degenerative disease, and this drug helps slow down its progression? correct. we are not talking about the reversal, but it is a significant slowing down in progression and the studies and that could be important for this group of people who may benefit. absolutely. a good story. thank you very much, doctor waqar rashid. the operation to help people leave the remaining rebel—held parts of aleppo has been completed and the city has been entirely reta ken, according to the syrian army.
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one of those who managed to leave is seven—year—old bana alabed whose messages on social media captured everything from the death of friends to her family's attempt to live a normal life. our correspondent orla guerin has been to meet bana and her mother. hello, i am bana, i'm seven years' old, i am from aleppo. from the rubble of aleppo to the red carpet in ankara, bana alabed and herfamily are now being hosted by the turkish government, which opposes the syrian regime. when we met, this child of war told me how her own home was flattened by a bomb. translation: we were playing happily and planning to go out and suddenly it landed. so, we got scared and ran to the basement. when our house was bombed, we got out of the rubble safely, but we were about to die because the house was collapsing. from inside aleppo, her message echoed around the world,
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with help from her mother, who manages her twitter account. but some have questioned whose views were being shared. when your mum was tweeting, was she tweeting your words or tweeting her words? me and mum. together? yes. her mother, fatima, insists the twitter account was bana's idea, but admits it is a way to combat the regime. i think there now was a big fight out there. i think our words was a weapon. your twitter was a weapon? yes. but the tweets attracted threats and made it harderfor the family to join the mass evacuation of eastern aleppo. fatima got bana on to one of the buses, disguised as a boy. today, even the fighters are openly
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leaving their former stronghold, but bad weather is slowing the last of the departures. just days after leaving, bana is already missing her old home. translation: i was happy to leave but sad at the same time. i wish i could go back to aleppo, go back home. i want to live in my house, because i love it, even if it had been bombed. i love my house. before saying goodbye, bana sang us a song about childhood and stolen freedoms. # i am a child with something to say...# one voice, raised for countless others, who often go unheard. time for a look at the weather now.
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good evening. more wet and windy weather coming on friday. in scotla nd weather coming on friday. in scotland there is snow. on to mist and fog patches that out of the west the temperature will rise as the wind picks up and cloud increases. this is the first sign of our second named storm of the season, storm barbara, some very windy weather into scotland and northern ireland. and the heavy rain will sweep into western wales and england in the afternoon. it is later into the afternoon. it is later into the afternoon and evening that the wind is really ramp up a notch or two in the north of scotland, with gusts of 80 or 90 mph. this is where the worst of the weather will be. it is because of that we have an amber
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wind warning from the met office. there are some more gusty winds on the way for christmas day. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at half past eight: fingerprints of the suspect anis amri, have been found on the door of the lorry used in the berlin christmas market attack. chancellor angela merkel says she's hopeful an arrest will be made soon, and is pleased with the way her country has responded to the attack. translation: i must say that i have been very proud of the calmness and composure shown by people and also of course by the officers that have been at work here. two men have been found guilty of manslaughter, after a tipper truck crashed last year in bath, killing four people including a young girl. up to eighty inmates have taken control of a wing at a jail on the isle of sheppey in kent. prison authorities say
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the disturbance is now contained. the syrian government has declared victory in the city of aleppo, after the last fighters and remaining civilians left the eastern half, of what was, the rebel—held stronghold. now on bbc news: there was the vote to leave the european union, the resignation of one prime minister, and the arrival of another — adam fleming looks back on a tumultuous year in british politics in review 2016: the year in politics. ever feel you need to get away from it all?
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